A Well-engineered Interior Design
In the creation process, there are three main tasks: making, designing, and engineering.
Although there is overlap between the three, it is helpful (and interesting) to look at them separately.
Makers typically follow the directives of others, or, in non-professional situations, engage in the exploratory process of creation with vision but without thorough planning.
In contrast, designers typically plan out their creations in great detail, developing a predefined path to their goals.
Engineers, like designers, elaborately plan before creating. Yet, they include a greater amount of data in their planning process— bringing technical knowledge and mathematical analysis. Engineers embrace more variables in their process, ensuring that their designs have more possibility as well as longevity and reliability.
To be a great designer, one needs to understand the process of making. Without this understanding, one could never anticipate the challenges and limitations within the production process.
And, it helps to have a thorough understanding of engineering, as that is what brings analytics calculations to the design process.
With that said, I can share with you how I got into interior designing: unlike many designers that entered from decorating, I entered it as a schooled and experienced engineer.
All of my first interior design projects had an engineering component to them— which allowed me to thrive! People weren’t just asking me to arrange their furniture, they were asking me to work in that liminal state between design and engineering that might best be described as interior architecture.
And, I found myself loving the challenges!
I found this allowed me to merge my passion for creativity with my gift for analytical thought.
I began conducting architectural reviews, making calculations, and drawing up new solutions to spaces in AutoCAD. I was applying the principles I had learned in engineering school to home remodeling and the results made my clients elated.
My engineering background also provided me with two great skills to have as an interior designer: authority on the technical process (leading to tradesmen respecting my voice) and fluency on project management.
Heart and mind, design and engineering, vision and implementation– they all come together. I am able to not just provide the physical outcomes that my clients’ seek for their Denver interior designs, but also the fluidity of process that makes remodeling as simple, sane, and predictable as one can hope for.
Have a structural challenge in your home? The bigger the challenge the more my creative juices get flowing!
Give me a ring and let’s discuss how to bring some serious change to your home.